Master Jinshan asked Master Xiushan, "Clearly knowing the unborn nature of life, why are we stayed by life?"
Xiushan said, "Bamboo shoots will eventually become bamboo, but if you use them now for bamboo rope, can you make them serve the purpose?"
Jinshan said, "Later on you’ll be enlightened on your own."
Xiushan said, "I’m just this way—what is your meaning?"
Jinshan said, "This is the monastery superintendent’s quarters, that is the cook’s quarters."
Xiushan then bowed.
Empty and at ease without dependence;
Lofty and serene, untrammeled:
Home and country peaceful, those who arrive are rare.
A little bit of power divides ranks and grades:
The fluid, clear mind and body is beyond right and wrong.
Right and wrong ended,
Standing alone on earth, there is no beaten track.